Tuesday 8 November 2011
Push and Pull
Opposites attract, runs the old adage. Now scientists claim to have found out why.
This study shows that women are programmed to seek out men whose immune systems are unlike their own. The greater the difference there is in the genes that affect the immune system, the more likely a woman will stay faithful. But if the genes are very similar, a woman is more likely to be sexually dissatisfied with her partner, have a roving eye and even have an affair.
It is thought that seeking out a mate with a different immune system ensures any children the couple have will have the broadest immunity against disease.
The research could even lead to the creation of a DNA test which would show how likely a woman is to remain faithful.
And it could explain why famously ill-matched couples, such as bookish playwright Arthur Miller and Hollywood wild-child Marilyn Monroe, fall in love.
The same goes for companies working together. Real Bohemians are not looking for other Bohemians. It’s preferable to match companies that are unlike. Mutual respect and understanding turns sharing into multiplying.